GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Vanderbilt women’s tennis team battled in day two of the Debbie Southern Fall Classic and collected four victories Saturday at the Mickel Tennis Center.
“Very tough competition again today. We had some opportunities in doubles this morning that slipped, but we can learn from them. We lost some very close sets today, but overall we are learning a lot and are keen to see if we can finish on a high note tomorrow,” said head coach Geoff Macdonald.
In singles, the Commodores secured four victories in the back draw of their respective flights.
In flight one, sophomore Georgia Drummy took down Mississippi State’s Emma Antonaki in straight sets, 6-2, 7-5, to claim her spot in the finals of the back draw.
Collecting another Commodore victory, senior Christina Rosca commanded an early lead over Clemson’s Kenzy Middlebrooks, claiming the first set, 6-3. Middlebrooks gained momentum in the second set to force a third set.
In the third set, Rosca held Middlebrooks to only three games, securing her spot in the finals of flight two.
Freshman Dasha Kourkina tabbed her first victory of the tournament with a straight set defeat over Mississippi State’s Sara Lizaritturry, 6-3, 6-3. With this victory, Kourkina notched her second win as a Commodore.
Concluding singles play for the day, senior Emma Kurtz secured her first victory of the fall season defeating Texas’ Tijana Spasojevic in straight sets, 2-6, 7-5, 6-2.
“In singles, Emma did an exceptional job competing, problem solving, and committing to tactics. I am very proud of her performance today,” said Macdonald.
The Dores conclude the final day of the Debbie Southern Fall Classic on Sunday. The team will open up with singles followed by the final round of doubles.
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